Hi Carmen and Goldstein ~
Yes, of course, you are very welcome to come along. Actually, I'm hoping that we might be able to womannap our dear historian, Womanfromaroom, and her dear friend [and ours], Greg, for our day-long trip there. It will probably cost more than a discount rate that our considerate organizers might be able to get for us, but for me, I feel as goldstein does, that it's actually better to go with a much smaller group. If you're going to that region, at all, I feel it's important that people go there.
When I went [alone], except for being in the tour-bus group, where I met some people on the bus, I preferred my aloneness. In fact, I was alone in staying behind to read everything and then trying to run to catch up, so as not to miss anything the guide said. It was frustrating for me when, after the tour ended, I asked for a photo with our tour guide and the woman who took the photo cheerily kept telling him to smile. I finally said, "He doesn't need to smile," and wondered how she wasn't 'getting it' that he had just taken us through a very extensive and serious tour of mass, human tragedy and likely did not feel like smiling and should not be expected to 'smile' for a photo with a tourist, however interested they [in this case, I] might be in these camps.
Goldstein ~ When I went, the 'tour' bus took us from Auschwitz to Birkenau. I'm not sure how it would work on a full-day trip, but I'm sure it could be arranged somehow... somehow. Also, I'm certain that there will be hotels offered to us at a discount rate. At the other Events, that is how it's been, generally with our having a choice of three, graduated-scale, price levels.
"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."
~ Oscar Wilde